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It seems possible the Alpina set a pattern which Voss successfully adopted with its Series 24. Particularly high standards in design, engineering and quality control were critical and constant components, wrapped in a product that could double as a portable and an office typewriter.
Wuppertaler Schreibmaschinenfabrik Voss GmbH, in Wuppertal, West Germany, had been making typewriters which were the same size as other pre-World War II German portables, such as the Olympia, Triumph, Torpedo, Erika and Continental.
Please forgive this attempt to pinpoint the Germany typewriter manufacturers. I'm no map maker, obviously. But this might give you an approximate idea of where German typewriters of various brands were made, if can follow my "colour coding".In the early 1950s, Olympia introduced its SM series, but Alpina and Voss went somewhat bigger with their “medium” size portables, while elsewhere the like of Gossen and Groma started making their ultraslims.
Voss acquired a designer in Reinhard Wohlfahrt, who had worked for Seidel & Naumann in Dresden before the War.
The Wuppertal typewriter factory was founded in 1947 by Ernst Friedrich Voss (born 1890, Cologne; died 1964), who pre-war had worked for Remington Rand and then started a typewriter repair shop.
In 1948 he began production of Voss typewriters. The manufacturing of this larger style machine, the S24, ended in 1960. Voss then marketed a machine in the smaller Japy-Oliver-AMC-Patria-Swissa range, but in 1965 the company was liquidated.
You can see Georg Sommeregger typing with a Voss at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXxmd-4f8e0
*I am indebted to Georg Sommeregger, Arnold Betzwieser and Will Davis in putting together a history of the Voss company.
The Voss comes in many different colour patterns, and these two especially appeal to me: